Every Night Is Pizza Night

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Playful story, vibrant images encourage trying new foods.

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Educational Value

Shows and celbrates lots of different foods, languages, and cultures.

Positive Messages

Be open to new experiences and try new foods, even if they seem strange. Loving one food doesn't mean it's the only thing you should eat.

Positive Role Models

Pipo's family and neighbors encourage her to both make her own meals with her favorite food and try new foods.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Every Night Is Pizza Night, by J. Kenji López-Alt, is a delightful picture book filled with playful words, colorful, eye-catching illustrations, and a great message about trying new foods. Many parents of young children can relate to eaters with a one-track mind, and this is a lovely way to remind kids that even if they have a favorite food, there's a huge variety of tastes, textures, flavors, and fun to be had. The rhythmic and sometimes silly phrasing make for a great read-aloud book, and everyone will get a chance to practice pronouncing names of beloved foods from around the world. At the end of the book is a kid-friendly recipe for making your own pizza.

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What's the story?

In EVERY NIGHT IS PIZZA NIGHT, the only thing Pipo wants to eat at dinnertime is her homemade pizza, because pizza is the best, and she has scientifically proven that. But when she cooks new foods with friends in her neighborhood -- tagine, bibimbap, dumplings, red beans and rice -- Pipo discovers that she can have lots of favorites. Pizza can be one favorite, but there are many flavors and colors of foods to try. At the end of the book there's a kid-friendly pizza recipe so families can do their own taste test.

Is it any good?

With engaging words, colorful pages, and delicious food descriptions, this fun, funny, and completely relatable story delves into how it's sometimes hard to try new things. Kids' eating habits can drive parents crazy, and rather than try to make kids feel bad about only wanting to eat their favorite food, author J. Kenji López-Alt shows young readers the wonderful possibility for enjoyment that eating a variety of food offers.

The descriptions can be silly and the illustrations jump off the page, making Every Night Is Pizza Night a wonderful read-aloud book for kids and the adults who want them to eat more than their one favorite thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kinds of foods they like as much as Pipo does in Every Night Is Pizza Night. What's your favorite food right now? What foods have you tried and been surprised that you enjoyed? What's the worst thing you've ever eaten?

  • Why do you think Pipo was willing to try other foods when she already had something she loved? Is there someone you trust about trying new food?

  • What are some of your favorite books about food?

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